Keynote Presentation:  Crossover Court – One Child, One  Team

The Crossover Youth Practice Model was created to improve practices that directly affect outcomes for children who are in both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system. It was developed by Casey Family Programs and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute in 2007, and has since spread across the country.  Judge Lisa Jarrett will describe how her jurisdiction embraced the Crossover Model to ensure greater uniformity in the mission and vision of the child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, and how it has improved cross-system engagement related to court and case-management functions.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand which outcomes for children can be improved with effective cross-system collaboration between child welfare and juvenile justice.
  1. Identify best practices for improving outcomes of children in both child welfare and juvenile justice.
  1. Identify the potential in your home jurisdiction for incorporating the principles of the Crossover Youth Practice Model.

Breakout Sessions:

Race &Youth Empowerment: A dialogue on Racial Inequity & disproportionality

Moderator: Valerie Schwan Ringland, JD, University of Texas at Austin

Sherwynn Patton, Program Director, Life ANew
Daniel Llanes, Undoing Racism Austin
Dorothy Garretson, Program Operations Specialist, Texas CASA
Tanya Rollins, CPS Disproportionality

Youth of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. While those working with youth undoubtedly recognized the racial bias in policy and practice. Youth of color experience policing and detention differently than white youth.This panel will explore how to open dialogues about race inequality in systems and with youth themselves.

Myths, Facts, and Responses to Crossover Youth:  A Dialogue on Systems Responses and Approaches

Presenter: Erin Espinosa, Ph.D., Research Associate, Texas Institute for Mental Health Excellence

Increased attention to cross over youth in the past decade has generated a growing body of research related to the intersection of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This session will provide an overview of the prevalence and risk factors associated with crossover youth from both a national and state perspective. Designed as an interactive discussion session with real world case study exercises, participants will gain a stronger understanding of the systems related pathways youth take to and through child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Participants will also be able to identify core concepts of the Youth Crossover Practice

Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: A dialogue on girls involved in CPS and Juvenile Justice Systems

Moderator: Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

Julie Guirguis, LPC, LCDC, Psychotherapist
Virginia Martinez,Travis County Juvenile Probation Division Director, Court Services
Andrea Sparks, Director, Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team
Angela Goodwin, Director of Investigations, DFPS

One in four girls will experience sexual violence by the age of 18. Many of these girls become involved in the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system as a result of that victimization. Neither system is particularly equipped to promote healing from complex trauma. This panel will explore various perspectives of working with girls.